Sikh - _One More Piece_
(Drakkar Entertainment, 2008)
by: Charlotte Beskeen (3 out of 10)
I often find it rather difficult to break past the inevitable sticky teen angst tag that is intrinsically connected with nu-metal. A band that remains ensnared in the deceptively thin confines of the subgenre will almost certainly limit themselves to churning out meaningless, mosh-pit friendly angry ramblings album after album. It appears that Sikh are already trapped inside the nu-metal cage, and have been, since releasing their first album _Sikh_ in 2005. _One More Piece_ is every riff the generic nu-metal album. One has to give them a little credit for attempting to integrate abstract time signatures in the vein of Meshuggah to the lacklustre noise, yet to no avail. The result is extremely discordant: rather like introducing an exotic bird into a pen of rambling chickens, it just highlights the sheer mediocrity and tameness of every riff, pause, breakdown, and pretty much everything else on the album.

_One More Piece_ is full of stunted carbon copies of Slipknot-esque breakdowns, contrived openings, empty and recycled riffs and very little else. Opening track "The Quake" is at least a substantial, metalcore fuelled burst of rage, yet is terribly let down by Kallaghan's starchy, weak vocals. The rest of the album drags on tirelessly, occasionally screaming for the listener's attention with contrived, so-called feisty lyrics on "Box My Balls" and "Hammering the Sun" like a precocious teenager.

This will remain an attractive listen for diehard fans of the genre, who will find enough merit in catchy shout along choruses and superficially aggressive guitar lines. Yet all this has been done before and far more convincingly than this sorry attempt.


(article published 13/12/2008)

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